Payment Innovation Summit – West Africa opens its doors today, 30th November, 2022 for a conference at the Labadi Beach Hotel welcoming C-Suite professionals, policy makers and industry leaders from the region’s financial sector, to share knowledge and engage in a quest to enhance access to finance by adopting superior methods in digital payment transformation.
Presented by Network International, the leading enabler of digital commerce in Africa and the Middle East, this in-person event featured a day dedicated for pre-summit workshops on 29th November 2022, while the day-long knowledge sharing summit hosts the Honorary Award Ceremony and Networking Reception to acknowledge regional industry contributors. One of the highlights of this event is the inaugural celebration of Network International’s regional office in Ghana.
Chinwe Uzoho, Regional Managing Director – West & Central Africa - Network International, the Chairperson of the Conference, mentions: “Africa is a hotbed of innovation and growth, and West Africa is at the heart of this – with several industries going from strength to strength. This growth needs to be matched with a reliable digital payments infrastructure which can be plugged into existing business models. In Africa, Network provides payment solutions in more than 40 countries, and the ability to scale with a clients’ requirements is of the utmost importance in each market.”
“Technology has the power to level the playing field for businesses, and it’s vital that financial inclusion is promoted through payments and financial products, allowing the immense amount of entrepreneurial and business talent in West Africa to achieve its true potential,” added Uzoho.
Over 30 speakers that include leading names in the region’s financial sector are engaging in knowledge sharing presentations, brainstorm on relevant and trending issues and build long-term relationships to determine West Africa’s progressive future in payments, digital banking, and beyond.
Some of the key sessions of the conference include the CEO Influencer Panel moderated by Chinwe Uzoho which will be an engaging interactive discussion on “Digital Access: Deepening Financial Inclusion in West Africa” by CEO panelists such as Olumide Olatunji – Access Bank (Ghana) Ltd.; Branka Mracajac - 9 Payment Service Bank (9PSB); Gbenga Omolokun –VFD Microfinance Bank; and Funsho Idowu – Links Microfinance Bank.
Dr. Reda Helal – Managing Director, Group Processing Business – Africa & Co-Head Group Processing Business for Network International delivers the curtain raiser keynote on “Open Banking and Financial Inclusion: The Path to Digital Transformation,” while “Evolving Your Digital Engagement Journey” will be explored during an exclusive Digital Leaders Panel. Moderated by Perry Addo-Quaye, Network International’s Managing Director for Ghana & Regional Director for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia, this panel will engage panelists such as
* Kenneth Ometha – Group Head of Digital Banking | GTBank Ghana
* Emmanuel Oduro – Head of Card & Merchant Acquiring | Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited
* Bill Yeboah Kyeremeh – Chief Innovation Officer | Consolidated Bank Ghana
* Samuel Ofori-Bekoe – Head of Digital Banking | First Atlantic Bank Ghana
* Samuel Joseph – Co-Founder & CEO | Woodcore Inc.
Two more key sessions of the day include The Payments Town Hall panel discussion which will touch on “Boosting Digital Payments Innovation in West Africa” and the Women Voices Panel which will witness leading women professionals engaging in an interactive discussion on “Empowering Women, Youth and Diverse Segments to Advance Digital Financial Inclusion.”
The conference concludes with the Networking Cocktail reception hosted by Network International, followed by the Honorary Award Ceremony which will celebrate and recognize key players within the region’s financial sector.
For more information about the event and upcoming editions visit www.paymentinnovationsummit.com.